Hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland is this seminal seven-piece group Hjaltalín (click here if you’d like help pronouncing it – we’ve got you covered). In late 2009 they released their second LP Terminal across Iceland. The LP has gone on to win them album of the year at the 2009 Icelandic Music Awards, ahead of its official release a few months ago in Europe and the USA. Terminal picks up where their 2007’s critically lauded Sleepdrunk Sessions left off in that it is a challenging listen however it grows to become more intriguing and memorable after each play. The album is seething with a certain orchestral soul-pop, rock-opera style that boasts a broad spectrum of influences ranging from modern indie-rock to 60’s pop which certainly makes for an interesting multi-textured blend that in-turn makes Hjaltalín a hard group to categorize.
Take a listen to this track from the LP – ‘Suitcase Man’: Mobile users, click here to listen.
The unsettling/weird video for their track ‘Sweet Impressions’ is below. Definitely worth a watch:
You can purchase Sleepdrunk Sessions and Terminal now via iTunes. –
Earlier this month we put up a post about another Icelandic artist called Ólöf Arnalds who had released a track with the vocal assistance of legendary songstress Björk, which you can check out right here.
If you’re interested to see what other amazing artists Iceland has to offer, visit the Iceland Music Export website.